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Study in Australia

Australia is a dynamic and vibrant country with a great deal to offer students looking for international education. Out of its total population of about 18 million, about 85 per cent lives within 80 kms of the fertile and milder coastal fringes. Australian people have a reputation for being amongst the friendliest in the world, and Australian cities are safe and clean, with low crime rates.

Low cost of living

Australia's strong economy and low unemployment rate means international students who wish to work have no problems finding a job.

CLIMATE

Australia is a continent that experiences a variety of climates due to its size. The weather can range from below zero temperatures in the Snowy Mountains to intolerable heat in the north-west. It is considered to be one of the driest continents. The inland deserts can remain totally dry for years whilst rains can produce floods.

Summer is from December to February, autumn from March to May, winter from June to August, and spring from September to November

NATIONAL HOLIDAYS

JANUARY:
New Year's Day - , January 1
Australia Day Holiday - Tuesday, January 26 

MARCH:
Labour Day (WA) - March 1
Labour Day (VIC & TAS), March 8

APRIL:
Good Friday, April 2
Easter Sunday - April 4
Easter Monday - April 5
Anzac Day Holiday - Monday, April 26

MAY:
Labour Day (QLD) – May 3
JUNE:
Foundation Day (WA) - June 7
Queen's Birthday Holiday - June 14, (All States except WA)

AUGUST:
Bank Holiday (NSW & ACT) - August 2(Not Public Holiday)

SEPTEMBER:
Australian National Flag Day - September 3 (not a Public Holiday)
Queen's Birthday Holiday (WA) - September 27

OCTOBER:
Labour Day (NSW, ACT & SAOctober 4 

NOVEMBER:
Melbourne Cup Day (Melbourne Metropolitan only)- Tuesday November 2

DECEMBER:
Christmas Day - December 25
Boxing Day December 27

EMERGENCIES : Dial 000 for Fire, Police and Ambulance.

Accommodation for international Students in Australia
Rented Housing: You can rent a house or an apartment. It is often cheaper to rent the household in groups of three or four. Each may have a bedroom and would have to share household chores like cooking, shopping and cleaning.                                                                                     

Modes of Transport - Australia has an extensive public transport system that includes trains, buses, trams and ferries. Multi rider tickets (similar to student bus passes) are available to students in public transport services and are valid for use in any of the services depending upon the zone of travel and time. Cars can also be hired on either a daily or longer term basis costs vary enormously according to the hire company and model of car hired.Driving is on the left side of the road and you must possess either an Australian Driver’s License or have obtained an International Driving Permit (IDP) prior to your departure. Wearing of seat belts is compulsory and there are strict drunken driving laws. Heavy fines apply for driving or parking offences. Driving laws for two wheelers are substantially different in Australia. You are also strongly advised to get acquainted with the local Traffic and vehicle insurance laws.

FACTS ABOUT AUSTRALIA :

Australian Citizenship Facts : After immigration, you need to spend two years as a permanent resident in Australia before you can apply for Australian Citizenship

Natural Hazards : Australia’s main natural hazards are cyclones (hurricanes), drought and forest fires. The biggest killer of all has been heatwaves

Australia’s Desert Country : One third of Australia’s land is desert. Australia has 10 deserts of which the largest is the Great Victoria Desert, covering just under 5 percent of the country.

Sport : Australians are crazy about sport. The most popular participation sports are aerobics, golf and tennis. For females it’s aerobics, lawn bowls and netball.

Alcohol in Australia : It’s an interesting fact that, compared with other countries, Australians are not very heavy drinkers.
Tasmania boasts of having the cleanest air in the world.

How people are greeted:  When meeting someone for the first time, it is usual to shake the person's right hand with your right hand. People who do not know each other generally do not kiss or hug when meeting. 'Please' and 'thank you' are words that are very helpful when dealing with other people, and buying goods or services. When asked if you would like something, like a cup of tea, it is polite to say, 'Yes please', or just 'please' if you would like it, or 'no, thank you' if you do not. When you receive something, it is polite to thank the person by saying 'thank you'. Australians tend to think that people who do not say 'please' or 'thank you' are being rude. Using these words will help in building a good relationship.Australians often say, 'Excuse me' to get a person's attention and 'sorry' if we bump into them. We also say, 'Excuse me' or 'pardon me' if we burp or belch in public or a person's home

What is some common Australian word usage :

Bring a plate : when you are invited to a party and asked to 'bring a plate', this means to bring a dish of food to share with your host and other guests. If you are unsure what to bring, you can ask the host.

BYO : when an invitation to a party says 'BYO', this means 'bring your own' drink. If you do not drink alcohol, it is acceptable to bring juice, soft drink or soda, or water

Arvo : This is short for afternoon. 'Drop by this arvo,' means please come and visit this afternoon

Cuppa : a cup of tea or coffee 'Drop by this arvo for a cuppa' means please come and visit this afternoon for a cup of tea or coffee.

Fair dinkum : honest, the truth. 'Fair dinkum?' when used as a question means, 'is it really true?'

To be crook : to be sick or ill.

Flat out : busy.

Shout : to buy someone a drink. At a bar or a pub when a group of friends meet, it is usual for each person to 'shout a round', meaning buy everybody a drink. Each person takes a turn at buying a 'round'. It is also acceptable to say that you do not drink (alcohol) by saying that you are a 'teetotaller'. This also means you are not obliged to shout.

Bloke : a man. Sometimes if you ask for help, you may get an answer to 'see that bloke over there'.

How ya goin ?'How are you going?' means how are you, or how do you do? It does not mean what form of transport are you taking. Sometimes it can sound like 'ow-ya-goin-mate'

 

 

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